Accrington retained their Football League status with a win that ended Oxford United's slim play-off hopes.

Kayode Odejayi struck to put Stanley ahead in the first half after James Gray's effort was saved by Ryan Clarke.

Gray eventually beat Clarke with his second-half strike on the angle to double the lead.

Ryan Williams pulled a goal back inside the box, but Oxford were unable to level and only Clarke's save from Will Hatfield kept the score down.

The U's, who have been settled in the play-offs for much of the campaign before losing six of their last eight matches, also went close through James Constable who missed out on a 107th goal that would have levelled the club record.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Oxford United

  • 01 Clarke
  • 13 Hunt (Rose - 77' )
  • 03 Newey
  • 22 Wroe (Davies - 64' )
  • 04 Raynes
  • 06 Wright Booked
  • 15 Williams
  • 37 Ruffels Booked
  • 09 Constable
  • 08 Kitson
  • 11 Potter (O'Dowda - 56' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Rigg
  • 16 Whing
  • 17 Rose
  • 18 Davies
  • 21 Crocombe
  • 34 Bevans
  • 35 O'Dowda

Accrington Stanley

  • 26 Bettinelli
  • 16 Hunt Booked
  • 23 Buxton
  • 04 Joyce
  • 05 Aldred Booked
  • 06 Winnard
  • 10 Hatfield
  • 20 Windass (Murphy - 80' )
  • 17 Gray (McCartan - 85' )
  • 24 Odejayi
  • 15 Mingoia

Substitutes

  • 02 Murphy
  • 03 Liddle
  • 07 McCartan
  • 09 Webber
  • 11 Naismith
  • 22 Dawber
  • 25 Atkinson
Ref: Keith Hill
Att: 5,022

Match Stats

Shots

4 6

On target

1 5

Corners

3 5

Fouls

10 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Oxford United 1, Accrington Stanley 2.

90:00 +3:28 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Oxford United 1, Accrington Stanley 2.

90:00 +2:40

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Michael Raynes.

85:20

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

84:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Shay McCartan replaces James Gray.

83:49

Foul by Danny Rose (Oxford United).

83:49

Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Peter Murphy replaces Josh Windass.

78:49 Booking

Booking Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

78:46

Foul by Josh Ruffels (Oxford United).

78:46

Will Hatfield (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:23

Tom Newey (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

77:23

Foul by Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley).

76:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. Danny Rose replaces David Hunt.

76:18

Attempt saved. Josh Windass (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

74:50

Hand ball by Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley).

72:23

David Hunt (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:23

Foul by Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley).

71:37 Booking

Booking Jake Wright (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

71:32

Foul by Jake Wright (Oxford United).

71:32

James Gray (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:42

Foul by Tom Newey (Oxford United).

68:42

James Gray (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:49

Attempt missed. James Gray (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is just a bit too high.

66:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Oxford United 1, Accrington Stanley 2. Ryan Williams (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michael Raynes.

65:16

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Adam Buxton.

63:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. Scott Davies replaces Nicky Wroe.

61:50 Booking

Booking Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card.

61:38

James Constable (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:38

Foul by Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley).

56:29

Foul by Jake Wright (Oxford United).

56:29

Will Hatfield (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. Callum O'Dowda replaces Alfie Potter.

55:02

Foul by Alfie Potter (Oxford United).

55:02

Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

53:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Oxford United 0, Accrington Stanley 2. James Gray (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Joyce.

52:05

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Tom Newey.

47:27

Attempt missed. Nicky Wroe (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

45:55

Dave Kitson (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:55

Foul by Will Hatfield (Accrington Stanley).

45:00

Second Half begins Oxford United 0, Accrington Stanley 1.

45:00 +2:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Oxford United 0, Accrington Stanley 1.

45:00 +0:20

David Hunt (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:20

Foul by James Gray (Accrington Stanley).

43:32 Booking

Booking Nicky Hunt (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card.

43:10

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

38:26

David Hunt (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:26

Foul by Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley).

37:44

Attempt missed. James Constable (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

36:23

Foul by Josh Ruffels (Oxford United).

36:23

Will Hatfield (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

31:04

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Tom Newey.

28:48

Dave Kitson (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:48

Foul by Luke Joyce (Accrington Stanley).

28:24

Attempt saved. James Gray (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

27:12

Foul by Dave Kitson (Oxford United).

27:12

Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:00

James Constable (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:43

Foul by Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley).

24:04

Foul by Alfie Potter (Oxford United).

24:04

Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Oxford United 0, Accrington Stanley 1. Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

15:03

Attempt missed. James Constable (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

13:35

Hand ball by James Gray (Accrington Stanley).

13:16

Attempt saved. James Gray (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

8:54

Hand ball by Nicky Hunt (Accrington Stanley).

4:11

Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

4:11

Foul by Alfie Potter (Oxford United).

2:50

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Ryan Clarke.

2:11

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Jake Wright.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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